KINGS POINT, N.Y. – History was made by Susquehanna as the Crusaders captured their first-ever Landmark Conference title on the third and final day of the conference championships on Sunday afternoon.
The Crusaders led all three days of the competition, hosted by USMMA, and finished with 433 points, upsetting preseason favorite Scranton University, which finished with 394 points.
There were a total of three first-place finishes for SU on Sunday, starting with the 200 backstroke, in which SU swept the top three spots. The team was led by senior Christie Savard’s first-place time of 2:05.28, an NCAA B qualifying time.
Behind her in second place was freshman Michelle Delgado (2:14.82), followed by sophomore Abby Gernert (2:15.96), who set a career-best.
In the 200 butterfly, sophomore Devin Lessard earned first-place points with a school-record time of 2:07.20, also an NCAA B qualifying time. In fourth was freshman Elaine Anderson with a time of 2:19.14, a one-second improvement over her previous career-best time.
Finally, the 400 free relay team of Savard, Gernert, Jamie Platt and Lessard teamed up to win the event with a time of 3:40.95.
Rounding out the three through seven spots were Catholic (374 points), USMMA (306), Drew (235), Juniata (177) and Goucher (126).
Savard and Lessard will compete in the Division III swimming and diving championships from March 23-26 at the University of Tennessee Allan Jones Aquatic Center in Knoxville, Tenn.